Composting is easy because nature does the work. You just need to save your scraps of living things and throw them in a pile with other dead things, add some dirt and water and let the magic happen.
That being said there are a myriad of choices, techniques and accessories that you can buy and become obsessed with sometimes losing sight of the main goals. The two main goals for me are reducing waste that goes to the landfill and creating the often coveted black gold compost to feed my garden.
The two compost stations I have made were in two different suburban neighborhoods, one with an HOA and one without. The first was without. I made it out of wood stakes and chicken wire. The second (my current bin) is a purchased compost bin acceptable for suburbia with an HOA. I found it on clearance for $13 after season. Both work and many others I am sure will do the job.
Start saving food scraps from around the kitchen to begin. This is your starter kit of scraps. If you get into it then you can look up more composting items. But don’t go all crazy day 1 because it might overwhelm you.
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Egg shells (crushed)
- Coffee grounds
- Coffee filters
- Tea bags (Make sure they are made of natural materials like hemp or cotton, and not rayon or other synthetics. If in doubt, just open it and compost the tea leaves alone.)
- Loose leaf tea
No animal products such as meat, milk and cheese
Take frequent trips out to the bin and dump your scraps, cover with leaves or dead material, add dirt occasionally and keep it up until next spring, the results are long-term but you will feel amazingly fulfilled by the reduction of waste going to the landfill. You can water your bin or leave the lid off when it rains (open bins are easier in that regard).
You can do it!
The simpler you make your routine, the more likely you are to stick to it.